The AspireAssist

The AspireAssist


The AspireAssist is a non-surgical weight loss solution that allows you to safely and effectively remove food from your stomach after eating.

Under twilight sedation, a small tube is inserted through your belly into your stomach, leaving a small port on your skin. After each meal, in the privacy of a restroom, you attach a small pump about the size of a smartphone to the button. The device can remove about 30% of your meal directly into the toilet. The process takes about 5-10 minutes. Because it’s necessary to eat slowly and chew more thoroughly, the AspireAssist helps reinforce healthy eating habits.

Who It’s For

The AspireAssist works well for obese adults with a Body Mass Index of 35 to 55 who have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise. It is not for people who have had a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve.

How The Procedure Works

Our expert gastroenterologist places the AspireAssist small tube through your belly and into the stomach. The procedure only takes about 15 minutes and is performed under “twilight anesthesia” so you’ll go home within a couple of hours. You may experience a day or two of minimal discomfort as you adjust to the tube. You can then eat regular meals at home or in public, and later remove about 30% of the food from your stomach before the calories are absorbed into the body, causing weight loss. The AspireAssist is safe for long-term use, and can be removed at any time in a 10-minute same-day procedure.

How Much Weight You’ll Lose

In a clinical trial, patients lost 3x more weight with the AspireAssist than those receiving only diet and exercise counseling. The most successful patients—those who used the device regularly and also made gradual lifestyle changes—lost up to 107 pounds in the first year. Plus, we’ll partner together over the following 12 months with comprehensive diet, exercise, nutrition, and behavioral counseling to provide support and ensure long-term results.
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Why Choose True You for The AspireAssist?

Endoscopic Expertise
Dr. McGowan, a board-certified gastroenterologist and endoscopist, is a leader and educator in the field of endoscopic weight loss, and regularly trains physicians from around the nation in endobariatric techniques. Dr. McGowan was one of the first physicians in the nation to offer The AspireAssist, and has helped numerous patients achieve long-term success.
Bariatric Excellence
WakeMed Cary Hospital, where Dr. McGowan performs The AspireAssist procedures, is an accredited Comprehensive Center for Bariatric Surgery, Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery, and Cigna Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery. Though your AspireAssist is a same-day, outpatient procedure, you will have the backing of a comprehensive, knowledgeable, and award-winning bariatric center.
24/7 Physician Access
Whether you live in North Carolina, or are traveling from another state, you will receive the highest level of concierge care, with 24/7 direct access to your physician via personal cell phone, text, email, and video chat. We remain committed to your success throughout your weight loss journey.


The AspireAssist: $8,495
The AspireAssist is for obese adults with a BMI of 35 to 55. This simple, 15-minute procedure is a self-managed solution, fully reversible, and is clinically proven with long-term results. All patients receive long-term support and follow-up with their physician and a registered dietitian.

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